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Enter the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

There are just three weeks to go for nominations for the sixth annual Responsible Tourism Awards, sponsored by Virgin Holidays and with the support of The Daily Telegraph.  I'm a judge and I'm constantly astounded at the ingenuity and creativity of travel organisations around the world to ensure that the work they do can have beneficial impacts on local people and places.  These awards are really important for sharing that work, telling the world what you've done and for learning about what is happening elsewhere.  So if you have a passion for travel and you've come across something really amazing that helps both the people and the place you've been to, do let us know. 

There are 13 categories and a really simple short nomination form. Nominate at

Find out more about the awards generally at

We  are particularly looking for good nominations in the following specific categories.

 Best Large Accommodation (more than 50 rooms) - A hotel, lodge or other accommodation of more than 50 rooms that is run with the environment and needs of local people in mind.

 Best in a Mountain Environment - An organisation related to a mountain environment, such as cross-country ski resort or a trip that contributes to the welfare of mountain porters.

 Best in a Marine Environment - An organisation related to a beach or other marine environment, such as turtle conservation or a marine eco-tourism trip.

 Best Responsible Cruise Operator - A cruise or ferry operator that acts responsibly towards the environment and local people.

 Best for Low Carbon Transport & Technology - An organisation or initiative that is developing or promoting low carbon transport or technology.

 Best for the conservation of cultural heritage - A tourism organisation or initiative working to protect and promote cultural heritage.

 Best Destination - A resort, village or an entire country that manages tourism well for the long-term benefit of tourists, conservation and local people.



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